Now that we’re well into 2013, the lineup of smartphone launches for the year is beginning to take shape. The new flagship handsets for the year are expected to come in all sizes and flavors, with some dabbling in new gesture-based operating systems and others implementing features we haven’t seen in smart devices before. While a handful of smartphones on this list are yet to be confirmed, here’s a glimpse of what we can expect from 2013.
Apple hasn’t uttered a word about its next-generation smartphone, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning. The iPhone 5 successor, believed to be called the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, is rumored to launch toward the end of the summer this year. “We expect Apple will introduce its new iPhones and iOS 7 in June, and start shipping the new iPhones (5S and low-cost model) in the FDD version in July,” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note. The next-generation iPhone isn’t expected to come with a major design overhaul, but it is rumored to come with a fingerprint scanner under its home button and a faster A7 processor.